Elizabeth Warren, a first-time candidate, raised $5.7 million in the final quarter of 2011 for her U.S. Senate race against Scott Brown in Massachusetts. That’s impressive. Brown, the incumbent with a great deal of support from Wall Street, had earlier announced that he raised $3.2 million in that same quarter, with his staff bragging at the time that they were “confident this will be one of the strongest fundraising quarters of any Senate candidate.”
(Overall, Brown has accumulated a total of $12.8 million since his 2010 election, more than twice Warren’s warchest at this point.)
But here’s the number that startled me: According to her campaign, Warren raised that $5.7 million through an average donation of just $64. Think about that. It says a lot about her candidacy, her message and the people who are supporting her.
Again, change is afoot in the land.
– Jay Bookman